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A quick roundup of the news in Telecoms | Week #6

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Apple unifies its app stores by extending the universal purchase option to Mac apps

Apple has added the ability for its app developers to sell their cross-platform apps as one universal purchase, including apps that run on macOS. Consumers will just pay once for an app that works across devices such as iPhone, iPad, Apple TV and/or Mac. Developers can choose to create a new app for these platforms using a single app record in the App Store Connect or add platforms to their existing app record. In preparation for the changes, the App Store categories will be unified across the iOS App Store and Mac App Store, to make the apps more discoverable. Apple said that support for universal purchase will launch in March 2020.


Israeli B2B blockchain startup Clear banks $13m in series A funding

Blockchain settlement startup Clear has raised USD 13 million in a Series A round. The financing round was led by Fidelity-backed Eight Roads with the participation of telecom majors Telefonica Innovation Ventures, Telekom Innovation Pool of Deutsche Telekom, Hong Kong-based HKT and Singtel Innov8. The startup said that it will use the new funds to expand its operations, grow its team and promote the adoption of its technology in the telecom space. Clear’s blockchain-based solution provides telecoms with a shared platform to collaborate and settle payments through automation. The company has already conducted several trials in the telecoms industry with clients such as BT Group, Colt, Deutsche Telekom, PCCW Global, Telefonica, Telstra, Tata, and Orange.


Service provider router sales will exceed $75 billion by 2024: report

Dell’Oro Group, a market research organization specializing in strategic competitive analysis in the telecommunications, networks and data center IT markets, has reported that the worldwide sales of service provider routers will exceed USD 75 billion from this year to 2024. During this period, large-scale deployments of 5G and cloud services are expected to stimulate investment in IP networks. The Dell’Oro Group report also indicates that on a regional basis, Asia-Pacific, led by China, is expected to have the highest router growth over the forecast period.


The end of BlackBerry phones: TCL will cease sales in August 2020

BlackBerry Mobile has announced that TCL Communication, which distributes phones such as the BlackBerry Key2 and the BlackBerry Motion, will stop selling BlackBerry phones as of August 31, 2020. Once the agreement expires, TCL will no longer retain the rights to manufacture, design, or sell any new BlackBerry devices. Back in 2016, BlackBerry quit manufacturing smartphones, but it licensed its brand name to the Chinese smartphone corporation TCL. BlackBerry has since concentrated on other industries within the tech sector, such as enterprise platforms, cybersecurity tools, and automotive software.


HPE acquires cloud native security startup Scytale

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has bought Scytale, a cloud-native security company started in 2017 by a group of engineers from enterprises such as Google, Okta, PagerDuty and Splunk. Scytale is built on the open-source Secure Production Identity Framework for Everyone (SPIFFE) protocol and looks at application-to-application identity and access management. Scytale co-founder Sunil James said, “Scytale’s DNA is security, distributed systems, and open-source. Under HPE, Scytale will continue to help steward SPIFFE. Our ever-growing and vocal community will lead us.” The startup helps other companies standardize and accelerate service authentication across cloud, container, and on-premise infrastructures.